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Deploy the Most Advanced and Production-Proven Hypervisors
Virtualize even the most resource-intensive applications with the hypervisors that set the industry standard for reliability, performance and cross-platform support.
VMware ESX and VMware ESXi are “bare-metal” hypervisors, meaning they install directly on top of the physical server and partition it into multiple virtual machines that can run simultaneously, sharing the physical resources of the underlying server. Each virtual machine represents a complete system, with processors, memory, networking, storage and BIOS, and can run an unmodified operating system and applications.
The functionality and performance of VMware ESX and ESXi are the same; the difference between the two hypervisors resides in their architecture and operational management. VMware ESXi is the latest hypervisor architecture from VMware. It has an ultra thin footprint with no reliance on a general-purpose OS, setting a new bar for security and reliability. The small footprint and hardware-like reliability of VMware ESXi enable it to also be available preinstalled on industry standard x86 servers.
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Reliably Run Multiple Operating Systems on a Single Server
Deploy mature hypervisor technology that has been proven in tens of thousands of customer environments. The bare metal architecture of VMware ESX and ESXi delivers hardware like reliability to your applications. Built in high availability features such as NIC teaming and storage access multipathing protect your virtual machines against hardware component failures, while the advanced security features ensure a secure computing environment.
Get Record Setting Performance for Your Applications
VMware ESX and ESXi set the record in virtual performance delivering up to 8,900 db transactions per second, 200,000 I/O operations per second, and up to 16,000 Exchange mailboxes per host. One of the key capabilities in VMware ESX and ESXi is the high performance cluster file system optimized for virtual environments called VMware vStorage VMFS, allowing efficient disk access and enhanced I/O performance. In addition to numerous core kernel performance optimizations, VMware ESX and ESXi support multiple third party technologies that improve virtual performance such as Intel’s Extended Page Tables (EPT) and AMD’s Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI). VMware ESX and ESXi allow virtual machines to be configured with up to eight virtual processors and 255 GB of RAM to support the most resource intensive applications.
Achieve Higher Consolidation Ratios
The advanced resource management and support for scaled up physical machines in VMware ESX and ESXi lets you run virtual machines at twice the consolidation ratio possible with other first-generation hypervisors. Take advantage of hardware systems with up to 64 physical CPU cores and 1TB of RAM, and run up to 256 virtual machines on a single host to facilitate large-scale consolidation and disaster recovery projects.
Get the Industry Leading Cross Platform Support
With VMware ESX and ESXi, you can virtualize any environment, from the corporate data center to the branch office, with a compatibility list that includes hundreds of x86 servers and storage systems, and the broadest range of supported applications and guest operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Netware, Solaris and more.
Build a Dynamic Datacenter with VMware vSphere
VMware ESX and VMware ESXi form the robust foundation of VMware vSphere and are included in all VMware vSphere editions. VMware vSphere delivers improved service levels and operational efficiency by enabling centralized management, automatic load balancing, business continuity, power management and the ability to live migrate a virtual machine across physical machines to minimize service interruption.
Customers can choose to deploy either VMware ESX or VMware ESXi as part of VMware vSphere. All the functionality of VMware vSphere is supported on both VMware ESX and VMware ESXi. In fact, VMware vSphere supports resource pools that contain both hypervisors.